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Here are the winners of 65th National Film Awards

Sridevi posthumously won the Best Actress Award for her film MOM that also starred Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Akshaye Khanna and Pakistani actors, Sajal Aly and Adnan Siddiqui in pivotal roles.

The Bollywood icon died aged 54 on 24 February, with her cause of death being determined as accidental drowning.

Hindi film star Divya Dutta was named the best supporting actress for her role in "Irada", which also bagged the award for the best film on environmental conservation/preservation.

"People reacted very well and I felt good about it", she had said. The film also won awards for costume, make-up, and a special jury award.

The 65 National Film Awards will be announced on Friday by the jury headed by renowned filmmaker Shekhar Kapur.

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Rima Das' Assamese film "Village Rockstars", about the music aspirations of a village girl, was named the best feature film, besides scoring awards for the best location sound recordist, editing and best child artiste (Bhanita Das). Academy Award-winning composer AR Rahman won two Awards for Best Music Direction for "Kaatru Veliyidai" and Best Background Score for "Mom".

Actors Fahadh Faasil, Indrans, Parvathy, Suraj Venjarammoodu are competing with their best onscreen performances. In 2013, he won the State award for Best Actor for the films Artist. Singer KJ Yesudas won the award for Best Playback Singer Male for Poyi Maranjakaalam from Viswasapoorvam Mansoor and Shashaa Tirupati won the award for Best Playback Female for Vaan Varuvaan from Kaatru Veliyidai.

Movies such as Walking With The Wind, Sinjar, Paddayi, Hello Arsi, Kachcha Limbu, Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum, Hebbettu Ramakka, Mayurakshi and To Let emerged as best films in the Ladakhi, Jasari, Tulu, Odiya, Marathi, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali and Tamil languages.

Take off won the award for the Best Production Design. "My director and co-actors made it so easy for me to act in this film", he said. The Ghaazi Attack was adjudged the Best Film in Telugu.

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